Today’s been the day for nerds from all walks of life: sci-fi geeks; comic book geeks; and film geeks (my kind of geek). We’ve caught glimpses of everything, from Gotham City to the Wild West to a galaxy far, far away… No matter how long ago some of these teasers take place, they all excite us for the future.
The Academy Award-winning actor posted a selfie to his Snapchat story today with green hair and bright red lipstick, undoubtedly in character as The Joker for David Ayer’s forthcoming Suicide Squad (2016). Although this isn’t Leto’s first sneak peek of his character, it’s his most in-focus (so far; as in, slightly less out-of-focus than the first one), and it’s more than can be said for the all-cast photo, which includes everyone but him. Obviously, Leto has a challenge ahead of him with Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal of the Batman supervillain in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) casting its inescapable shadow from behind, but he shows promise in his going on the record to describe his interpretation as “Shakespearean” and a “beautiful disaster.”
Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming The Hateful Eight (2015) suffered a mortal setback before production even began, i.e., the director refused to shoot it and planned to publish it as a novel instead after the script leaked online in 2014. Clearly, he changed his mind, and filmed his eighth picture in my home state of Colorado on 70 mm using Ultra Panavision 70. Both a stylistic and narrative blast from the past, the teaser trailer promises a Civil War-era bloodbath of lovingly choreographed ultraviolence between Tarantino’s muse Samuel L. Jackson (but of course), Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Bruce Dern, Walter Goggins, Demian Bechir, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, and Tim Roth (speaking of blasts from Tarantino’s past).
The second trailer for J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) kicked off the four-day Star Wars Celebration convention today in Anaheim, California. It finally delivers on the reboot trilogy’s promise to serve as a continuation of George Lucas’s original space opera epic with the return of the first cast: Mark Hamill (in voiceover), Carrie Fisher (mentioned, but unseen), and – as you must know by now – Harrison Ford. Fans decried Lucas’s decision to sell his franchise to Disney, but Disney is a more talented filmmaking entity than Lucas (have you actually paid attention to the writing in Star Wars?), so The Force Awakens is something to look forward to indeed.